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Sex, Lies, and Audiotapes

Sex, Lies, and Audiotapes – hysteria over rape and sexual child abuse Rael Jean Isaac Rael Jean Isaac explains why we’ve been so willing to believe fantastic tales of sexual abuse. THERE IS A widespread belief that sexual abuse of children is endemic to society. This is a relatively new notion. In fact, it can […]

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Gender benders

Gender benders Better Red Than Dead Charlotte Hays IN THE MID 1970s, when a sniper climbed onto the roof of the Howard Johnson’s in downtown New Orleans and began firing at people, I was on his side. As a reporter for an “alternative” weekly, I immediately interviewed the most radical black leaders I knew to […]

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The worst generation – Diary – Sara Jane Olson, Symbionese Liberation Army

The worst generation – Diary – Sara Jane Olson, Symbionese Liberation Army – Brief Article Charlotte Hays WHY IS EVERYBODY picking on Sara Jane Olson? That seemed to be the question uppermost in the mind of Ms. Olson–the aggrieved former fugitive once known as Kathleen Soliah of the Symbionese Liberation Army–when she spoke to the […]

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We love guys

We love guys Return of the Guy Charlotte Allen says that manhood is back in fashion. Now, after September 11, we are all changed, and all this, like so many other confident predictions of the future has ended. We don’t hear much about the angry white males these days, or the supposedly alienated military. One […]

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Kenneth Minogue puts Americas fixation with the schoolyard bully in perspective

A short history of bullying, toadying, and snitching: Kenneth Minogue puts Americas fixation with the schoolyard bully in perspective Kenneth Minogue “LIFE BEING WHAT IT IS,” Baudelaire wrote, “one dreams of revenge.” No doubt, but not half so intensely, one might guess, as children bullied at school do. Bullying is the kind of experience that […]

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From Kate M. to Catherine M

From Kate M. to Catherine M – Diary Charlotte Hays AS I TURNED THE PAGES of the latest French sexology hit, The Sexual Life of Catherine M., I couldn’t help comparing the author of this strange and startling new memoir, Catherine Millet, to the similarly named Kate Millett. We’ve come a long way from Kate […]

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To Love, Honor, and Manipulate?

To Love, Honor, and Manipulate? Charlotte Allen The Surrendered Wife has lots of knickers in a twist. Author Laura Doyle is a self-described “former shrew.” Charlotte Allen isn’t sure about that former. I WANTED TO LIKE The Surrendered Wife, Laura Doyle’s best-selling (and, in some quarters, highly controversial) self-help book. In the 285 pages tucked […]

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All Victims, All the Time

All Victims, All the Time – Lifetime Television program content WHAT IF your cable company made a mistake and you could get only Lifetime Television? Thanks to the fortitude of Harry Stein, who listed the movies shown on Lifetime in a single week (Jan. 3-9, 1999), you know what you’ll get. Pass the popcorn! Abandoned […]

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Belles lettres

Belles lettres Joseph Epstein Hollywood Courage Joseph Epstein on how to get a standing ovation WHENEVER HOLLYWOOD takes on what it thinks is a radically courageous subject, be sure that it is in reality only an occasion for a warm bath of self-congratulation, usually in already used, morally tepid water. I took a pass on […]

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The Fame of Miss Burney – Brief Article

The Fame of Miss Burney – Brief Article – Critical Essay Charlotte Hays AFTER The Madness of King George hit the movie houses in 1994, I waited expectantly for the Fanny Burney revival to commence. Burney (1752-1840), a trail-blazing novelist, diarist, and member of Dr. Johnson’s literary set, served as lady-in-waiting to Queen Charlotte (played […]